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Person - Bustelo, Francisco (1933-)

Bustelo, Francisco (1933-)




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Bustelo, Francisco (1933-)Other forms

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Madrid (España)  1933-01-12 - existente actualmente


Spanish economist and politician.

Bustelo studied Economic Sciences, and was a member of PSOE clandestinely, so he was imprisoned for one year due to illegal propaganda in 1956. In 1958, when Bustelo's military service was almost over, he was accused by the Special Military Court of Subversive Activities for belonging to the University Socialist Group, which was fostered by him. Bustelo managed to scape to France on foot, by crossing the Pyrenees. He stayed in exile for seven years as a refugee, during which he furthered his studies in Law at the University of Paris. In 1965, he left PSOE due to disagreements with PSOE lines abroad.

Later on, Bustelo completed his studies with the PhD in Economics at the Complutense University between 1963 and 1973. Between 1967 and 1972, he was professor at the Faculty of Economics of the Complutense University in Somosaguas, from which he became rector later on. He was also Head of Department in World and Spanish Economic History at the Faculty of Economic and Entrepreneurial Sciences at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1972-1975), and Head of Department in Economic History at the University of Valladolid.

When Bustelo came back to Spain in 1965, his charges for illegal association were dismissed, but he was sentenced to two years for "abroad desertion", and only served one year before he obtained the pardon. In 1969, when the exception status had been declared, Bustelo was sent to Teruel. He was arrested one more time in 1975 because of his involvement in the socialist demonstration of 1st May, coming back again to prison for two months. When he joined again PSOE, he was elected National Secretary of Training and Documentation of the Executive Committee at the Congress of Suresnes on October 1974, which he held until January 1976, when he resigned from this post due to disagreements with the rest of the members of that Committee.

In the 1977 general elections, Bustelo was elected deputy of PSOE for Pontevedra, joining the Socialist Parliamentarian Group at the Congress. In the I Legislature, between 1979 and 1982, he was the senator for Madrid. He was heading the party from 1979, when he defended the maintenance of Marxism in PSOE's ideology in the XXVIII Congress. Due to that, Felipe González was forced to resign from his post as secretary-general. Some months later, Felipe González was re-elected in an extraordinary congress considering the inability to appoint a leader, even recognized by Bustelo.

Between 1981 and 1984, Bustelo worked as the rector at the Complutense University, when the Federal Executive Commission of PSOE asked him not to run the re-elections because the position should be depoliticized.

Finally, the constant confrontations leaded Bustelo to leave the party on 14th September 1989, joining the coalition United Left-Wing (IU) through Socialist Action Party (PASOC), from which he was the vice-president. Being a member of IU's leadership from 1990, Bustelo left this coalition as well in 1993 due to disagreements with his ideology.

Bustelo wrote several economic history articles. He was a member of Societé de Démographie Historique and the Economic History Society. He worked also as a consultant at Unesco, and as a translator at the United Nations.

Cortes Constituyentes, 1977-1979

Date of the event: 1977-07-13 - 1979-01-02





(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Legislators between 1977 and 1979

(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Legislators between 1979 and 1982

Profession (carried on by):

College teachers in 1967

(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

College presidents between 1981 and 1984



Teruel (provincia) between 1969 and 1969 Obs.:  Deportado.

Place of arrival:

France between 1958 and 1965 Obs.:  Exiliado.

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Madrid (España) in 1933-01-12


Menéndez, Manuel Ángel. Fontes, Ignacio. Quién es quién: sus señorías los diputados : atlas de la democracia parlamentaria española. Manuel Ángel Menéndez Gijón, Ignacio Fontes. Tres Cantos (Madrid): Foca. 931 p.. 84-95440-25-3.

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Family relationships :

Bustelo, Carlota (1939-)  - Collateral (He/She is the brother/sister of)


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